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Have a Best Practice? Want to Share? The PA Chapter of APA wants to share your success stories with others. Send us your best practices – planning, zoning, development, open space, housing, economic development, trails, whatever it might be – and we’ll evaluate it for adding to our website.

Want to get involved but not sure how?  We need planners to help evaluate best practice submittals to see if they should be shared with everyone and put on our website. If interested, contact Brian O’Leary at boleary@montcopa.org.

Central Chester County Bicycle & Pedestrian Circulation Plan

posted on April 18th, 2014  |  Read more

2013 Annual Awards Winner- Planning Excellence Award – Plan Other Than a Comprehensive PlanAwarded to Central Chester County Bicycle & Pedestrian Circulation PlanChester County Planning Commission The Chester County Planning Commission worked with seven municipalities to prepare a coordinated action plan to address transportation, public health, and the environment through improvements to walking, bicycling, and   

Make Your Mark! Lower Lancaster Revitalization Plan

posted on April 18th, 2014  |  Read more

2013 Annual Award Winner-Planning Excellence Award – Public OutreachAwarded to Make Your Mark! Lower Lancaster Revitalization Plan, People’s Emergency Center Community Development Corporation  Make Your Mark! brought together residents, community groups, local institutions, city reps, and businesses to create a revitalization plan for the Lower Lancaster Avenue area in Philadelphia.  The community participated by a   

Aging with Our Communities- An Aging-in-Place Plan for Montgomery County

posted on April 18th, 2014  |  Read more

2013 Annual Award Winner-Student Project AwardAwarded to Aging with Our Communities- An Aging-in-Place Plan for MontgomeryCounty, Temple University Graduate and Undergraduate Planning Studio Temple University undergraduate and graduate planning students culminated a year-long academic focus on aging communities by preparing a plan for Montgomery County.  The plan goal was to help seniors age in place.    

Positively Altoona, the City of Altoona’s Comprehensive Plan, City of Altoona

posted on April 17th, 2014  |  Read more

2013 Annual Awards Winner – Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan Positively Altoona, the City of Altoona’s Comprehensive Plan, City of Altoona Positively Altoona was born from uniquely critical circumstances – decades of decline that called for new planning solutions and fiscal recovery under Pennsylvania’s Act 47.  City planners ensured both were intertwined.  Planning   

Tools for An Effective Planning Commissioner

posted on December 10th, 2013  |  Read more

This video provides planning commissioners with an overview of what planning commissions do and where they fit in their city, borough, township or county government. The basic tools of comprehensive planning, subdivision and land development regulation, and zoning are described so commissioners can learn how they can effectively contribute to the quality of life in their municipalities.

Chester Remakes: A Strategic Plan to Green and Grow Chester!

posted on November 21st, 2013  |  Read more

2012 Annual Awards Winner: Student Project Award   Chester Remakes is the work product of the Temple University Community and Regional Planning Department’s graduate capstone studio course. The student project promotes investing in the city’s more traditional spaces: its neighborhoods, its downtown and its places of recreation. Recommendations strive to offset the legacy of environmental   

Planning Commission University

posted on November 21st, 2013  |  Read more

2012 Annual Award Winner: Planning Excellence Award – Public Outreach   Planning Commission University was created by Cumberland County Planning Department to train local planning commission members, both rookies and veterans. It provides three sessions of basic and advanced instruction on planning commission roles and responsibilities, from why planning is important, to comprehensive plans, subdivision,   

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